Midday Mafia: Hungry Jack's still serving it up right
Feb. 13, 2013 at 4:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 12, 2013 at 8:13 p.m.
Editor's note: The Midday Mafia is made up of five locals who wish to remain anonymous at the moment. Names have been changed to protect the guilty and are as follows: The Don, Two Taps, Wal nuts, Jack the Knife and Jimmy Three Cheese. The Midday Mafia will run every other Thursday in Get Out.
Jack the Knife was here
• Nickname(s): Wimpy, Burger Meister
• Favorite food: Nobody knows. He only eats hamburgers
• Founding member of Midday Mafia
• Lifelong Victoria man, father and volunteer coach
The Midday Mafia was midtown last week and decided to favor an old haunt we used to protect back in the day. Hungry Jack's has been made for a long time now and surely doesn't need any promotion from the Mafia to secure success, but a shout-out is due as Mike and Melody Ancarrow still produce a wonderful meal, no matter your appetite.
Hungry Jack's has been iconic in Victoria since before the old mall became a warehouse and Melvin's still anchored the strip center across the street. Jack's has survived and thrived as an American restaurant and bar with a sea of regulars and a wonderful menu.
The boys settled in with a variety of options. Jimmy Three Cheese, fresh off a portrayal as Jabbah in our last installment, had a beautiful Chef's Salad we called "denial." It is piled high and made to order with multiple options for two meats, two cheeses and is enough for two normal people.
Two Taps ordered a Texas Reuben, a wonderful sandwich that adds smoked turkey to the traditional favorite. Jack the Knife - wait for it - had a hamburger. The burgers here make the short list of the best in town and Jack was very content.
The Don decided on an old favorite, the Melody Special, which is a chicken fried steak sandwich served with fixings that make it perfect. Served on toast, it is a classic. I asked for my fries to be crispy, and they were. You know how hard that is to pull off.
Walnuts was out last week. He went under the knife in Houston. All is well, and he ate some bland meat loaf, bland green beans and some bland other stuff in the hospital Friday. We are thrilled you are on the mend, bro. The East Side needs you.
Hungry Jack's is famous for its open-faced sandwiches, served with homemade gravy, that are only available here - a hot meal, loaded with flavor reminiscent of a deli offering and still at a reasonable price. Both roast beef and turkey are available this way and they really are terrific.
As the lunch crowd filters out, the staff resets for the dinner hours and the great business they do at happy hour and beyond. Hungry Jack's/Thirsty Jack's is a Victoria landmark and one worth cruising midtown to enjoy. The Mafia frequents this haven of consistency and loves the good folks who own, manage and serve here. Good job, Ancarrows, and thanks for keeping it real all these years.
The wait staff is courteous and faithful to refill your glass. Tell 'em the Mafia sent you, and until next time, forget about it.
Want to join the mafia when they hit another local eatery? Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.